Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES at CHICAGO
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS (19-37-9-6, 53 pts., 4th Central Division)
Wednesday, March 17, 8:30 p.m., United Center, Chicago
ON THE AIR
Television: Fox Sports Net (NC & SC)
Radio: WKIX 102.3 FM (Goldsboro); WKXU 101.1 FM (Raleigh); WDTF 570 AM (Raleigh); WMFD 630 AM (Wilmington); WSJS 600 AM (Winston-Salem); WNMX 106.1 FM (Charlotte)
The Carolina Hurricanes continue their five-game road swing on Wednesday, St. Patrick's Day, at United Center with their lone 2003-04 meeting with the Chicago Blackhawks. Carolina has earned at least one point in each of its last eight road games (2/23-3/15: 5-0-1-2), including wins in three of the last four road games (3/5-3/15: 3-0-0-1). The Hurricanes opened their current five-game road trip with a 5-1 win at Tampa Bay on March 13, but suffered a 1-0 overtime loss at Atlanta on March 15.
|March 17||Wednesday||United Center||11:30 a.m.|
|March 18||Thursday||Mellon Arena||noon|
|March 19||Friday||Mellon Arena||11:30 a.m.|
|March 20||Saturday||Corel Centre||11:30 a.m.|
|March 22||Monday||RBC Center||11 a.m.|
|March 23||Tuesday||RBC Center||10:30 a.m.|
|March 24||Wednesday||RBC Center||11 a.m.|
|March 25||Thursday||RBC Center||10:30 a.m.|
|March 26||Friday||RecZone||11 a.m.|
|March 27||Saturday||Nassau Coliseum||11:30 a.m.|
Wednesday's game will mark the seventh time in franchise history that the team has played on St. Patrick's Day, a date on which the Hurricanes now look their change their luck. Since joining the NHL for the 1979-80 season, the franchise has gone 1-5-0-0 in six March 17 contests (1984: 4-2 loss vs. PIT; 1985: 4-3 win vs. PIT; 1990: 5-4 loss at CGY; 1991: 6-1 loss at BUF; 1994: 4-1 loss at QUE; 2000: 4-2 loss at WSH).
Hurricanes centerman and alternate captain Rod Brind'Amour will play in his 1,100th NHL game with his next game played. He will become the 114th player in NHL history to play in 1,100 or more games, and the 10th player to cross that milestone in 2003-04, joining Teppo Numinen, Mike Keane, Cliff Ronning, Mark Recchi, Trevor Linden, Joe Sakic, Brian Leetch, Jeremy Roenick and Scott Young. Brind'Amour played his 300th game with the Hurricanes on Feb. 28 at Montreal and the 33-year-old is now just one point shy of 900 NHL points, and 12 points shy of 200 points with Carolina.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 12-15-8-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 12-15-5-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 38-of-341 (11.1%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 264-of-320 (82.5%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Winger Pavel Brendl, fractured collarbone, 2/23 @ TOR, expected to miss 4-6 weeks, missed 11 games (2/25-3/15)
Winger Jeff O'Neill, right shoulder surgery, 3/12, missed five games (3/8-3/15)
Forward Marty Murray, fractured left hand, expected to miss four weekes, missed four games (3/10-3/15)
Defenseman Bruno St. Jacques, abdominal strain, day-to-day, missed two gamess (3/13-3/15)
AGAINST THE CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
The Hurricanes and the Blackhawks will meet Wednesday night at United Center in the teams' only meeting this season. The Hurricanes are unbeaten in their last five games against Chicago (4-0-1-0), with the Blackhawks' last win coming on April 3, 1999 in Chicago (2-1). Last season, the teams skated to a 3-3 tie at the RBC Center on Oct. 26. Rod Brind'Amour (1g, 1a) and Sean Hill (0g, 2a) led the Hurricanes in last season's meeting with two points each. Steve Thomas (0g, 2a) led the Blackhawks in last year's contest with two points. The Hurricanes post a 23-28-7-0 all-time record against Chicago, including a 14-12-4-0 home mark, and a 9-16-3-0 record in the windy city.
2003-04 SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS